Crockpot Southwest Chicken Chili

It is a cold day here in Texas.  Rainy, sleet, windy, COLD.  Yesterday was breezy and you could wear shorts and by weeks end I bet it’ll be 85.  Such is life (weather) here in Texas.  *I actually love it.Rainy Day

That being said, I was not about to leave our warm home today (nor get out of bed…but I have kids, dang it).  I am, however, still in my Jammie pants and have raided our kitchen for an in-home episode of Chopped. (You’ll find I play this ‘game’ quite often.).  After what I believe to have been a truly successful pantry raid, I found the below ingredients to make a creamy Arizona inspired chicken chili!  Do you know what’s even better??  It’s crockpot material! AND it’s Sunday! Basically a set it & forget it while my warm home fills with delicious smells and I can listen to the rain alllll day. Excellent.

The Starting Lineup

  • 1lb chicken breast (frozen fine)
  • 1 can chili ready tomatoes
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 package cream cheese (reduced fat ok)
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup+ corn, (roasting & honey optional)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 chopped Chipotle in Adobo sauce peppers, plus 1 tbsp sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1Tbsp cumin
  • 2tsp chili powder
  • Salt & Pepper

Toppings (optional, but a must have in my eyes)

  • Cooked, crispy bacon
  • Shredded cheese
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Sour cream

Southwest Chicken Chili

You could make this recipe the easy route and literally toss every ingredient in the crockpot and walk away. I am NOT above that! Basically, that is what I did with just one exception (plus toppings).

Spray your crockpot with nonstick.  Add in the chopped onion, chicken (frozen works), rinsed black beans, cubed cream cheese, diced chipotle peppers and sauc e, can of chili ready tomatoes, garlic, cumin & chili powder, S&P.  Cover with lid and put on low for 8-10hours or high for 4-6hours. *here is where you can also add in your corn OR do it this way….

About 2 hours before the meal is done, line a baking sheet with foil.  Cut the corn kernels off the cob/or frozen corn and lay on baking sheet.  Drizzle EVOO, mix with hand to spread over kernels and evenly over pan.  Place under broiler, watch and turn periodically to achieve desired roast (5-10minutes).  Remove baking sheet and drizzle with Tbsp of honey, toss to combine.  Add to crockpot, cover and wait (impatiently till finished).Roasted corn image

You’re almost there!  If you’re lucky, you’ve been out & about not smelling the yummy goodness wafing through the air.

At about 30 minutes till your ready to enjoy, start the bacon.  Once crispy, chop it up.  Slice some green onions, shred some cheese and pull out that sour cream!  It’s on!!  Southwest Chicken Chili (served with corn fritters)SW Chicken Chili

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